Is all treatment carried out by a Specialist Orthodontist?
To help you understand your treatment process, we have compiled answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about orthodontic treatment. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any other questions to ask.
What is orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that focuses specifically on correcting and straightening the position of your teeth and jaws. This is done through the use of orthodontic appliances such as braces and aligners.
What is the difference between an orthodontist & a dentist?
An orthodontist is a qualified dentist who has undergone a further two to three years of specialist training in orthodontics.
Do you offer payment plans?
Yes we do. We offer a low-deposit, in-house plan spread out over a period of 12 months. If you wish to spread the payments even further, we deal with Medenta finance.
How long will my treatment take?
Each patient is unique, so we won’t know your exact treatment time until we assess your smile at your free consultation. On average, treatment varies between 12-18 months.
Do I still need to visit my dentist and hygienist?
Yes you do. It is very important to be dentally fit before we carry out your orthodontic treatment. You should still see your dentist every 6 months during treatment, and we will be in communication with your dentist throughout your treatment process to ensure the health of your teeth.
Can I have a copy of my x-ray?
Yes you can, but there may be a nominal fee. We are always happy to pass a copy of your x-ray to your dentist.
Can I have Invisalign® clear aligners?
We treat many patients with Invisalign® clear aligners. So many, in fact, that we have Diamond Invisalign® Provider status. This industry-awarded recognition reflects our experience with these virtually invisible aligners.
If you are not suitable for Invisalign® treatment, we offer various other cosmetic and invisible braces so you can achieve the straight teeth you're after.
Do you use Dental Monitoring?
Yes we do! We are able to track the progress of your treatment from selfies you upload to the Dental Monitoring app on your smartphone. This means fewer check-ups and greater flexibility for your treatment.
Does it hurt to have braces fitted?
No. You may have some mild discomfort for a few days after your braces have been fitted. This is simply because the teeth are starting to move. Over-the-counter pain relief, such as Panadol, will help with this.
We will also provide you with some wax to place over any brackets that might irritate your cheeks until you are accustomed to them.
Is the consultation & treatment carried out by a Specialist Orthodontist?
Yes. Dr Darsh Patel is registered on the General Dental Council (GDC) list of Specialist Orthodontists. He is trained to the highest level in facial orthodontics, which means his treatments go beyond just straight teeth and has won many awards.
Here at Invisibrace, we work together with a team approach which is very beneficial to our patients, enabling more convenient appointments. All treatment is prescribed and overseen by Dr Patel.
Will my speech be affected by braces?
It is very rare for Damon® braces to affect your speech. If you opt for lingual (behind the teeth) braces, you may lisp slightly until you become accustomed to them.
Am I too old for braces?
You are never too old for braces. In fact, we offer many cosmetic options that are more appealing to our adult patients. If you have overcrowding issues, spaces between your teeth, or are not happy with your jawline or bite, we can work together to address your needs.
Dr Patel specialises in facial orthodontics that go beyond just straightening your teeth. He can use his expertise to help you achieve your very best facial appearance and help delay the ageing process.
Do you have Saturday appointments?
Yes, we offer appointments on 2-3 Saturdays per month. We also offer late evening appointments on Mondays to help work around your schedule.
What age should my child see an orthodontist?
On average, it is best for children to visit an orthodontist between the ages of seven and eight. They may not need treatment at this age, but we can monitor the growth of their smile to prevent issues as they grow. We are very happy to see your child before this time if you have a specific worry.
My child is at boarding school, is that a problem?
Not at all. We offer late evening and Saturday appointments and, with careful planning, appointments can be scheduled during school holidays.
How do I clean my teeth with fixed braces?
We will provide you with a complimentary oral hygiene pack and full instructions on how to clean your teeth properly while wearing braces. It will take you a little longer than normal to clean your teeth, but you will soon get into a routine.
It is very important to take great care when cleaning, especially when wearing fixed braces, as food can get stuck in the appliance more easily.
What happens if a bracket comes off?
If a bracket comes off or detaches from your tooth, please call us for advice on whether an earlier appointment is needed. If the bracket has come off the wire, please look after it and bring it along to the appointment with you.
What will happen if I don’t wear my retainer?
If you don’t wear your retainer, your teeth could move back to their original position. This is why it is very important to wear your retainer as advised. We actually say that retention is the most important part of your overall treatment.
What are bite turbos, bite blocks, and blue mountains?
These are temporary glass Ionomer cement build ups that can be blue or white. We place them behind your top front teeth or on the biting surface of your back teeth. They can be used for opening the bite or stopping your teeth from knocking into your lower brackets. They wear down gradually and can be removed at any time.
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